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June 25, 2014, 12:26 PM

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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Supreme Court rules Aereo's service illegal, must pay copyright fees if it wants to continue operations  —  Aereo loses to broadcasters in Supreme Court fight for its life  —  The Supreme Court struck a dramatic blow against Aereo today in a ruling that puts the TV streaming service as it currently exists on its deathbed.
Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
Supreme Court Ruling a Likely Death Knell for Aereo  —  Broadcasters Get Breathing Room on Cord-Cutting  —  Barry Diller was clear from the beginning.  If streaming-TV company Aereo Inc. loses in court, he told The Wall Street Journal in 2012, “there's no Plan B.”
Julie Bort / Business Insider:
Aereo's Supreme Court Smackdown Won't Harm Apple iCloud Or Others In The Cloud Computing Industry  —  The cloud computing industry is breathing a sigh of relief.  —  Although the U.S. Supreme Court has declared internet streaming startup Aereo illegal, this decision will not harm cloud computing technology …
Google Developers / YouTube:
Live stream: Google I/O 2014 keynote  —  Google I/O 2014 - Keynote  —  Scheduled for Jun 25, 2014 Find out about the latest product and platform innovations at Google.  Watch all Google I/O 2014 videos at: g.co/io14videos
More: AndroidGuys and TmoNews
Josh Ong / The Next Web:
Android now has 1 billion active users per month  —  Google announced at its I/O developer conference that it now boasts over 1 billion monthly-active users on its Android platform.  That's up from a 530 million figure from last year's I/O.  —  Google announced reaching the 1 billion total device activations milestone last September.
The Verge:
Google I/O 2014 keynote liveblog  —  Android is ready to move beyond phones and tablets: your wrist, your car, and your TV are all targets.  Will Sergey Brin ride a self-driving car on stage?  Will Sundar Pichai finally bring Chrome OS and Android closer together?  Google's biggest event of the year starts Wednesday.
Adam Serwer / MSNBC:
Supreme Court rules cell phones cannot be searched without a warrant  —  Police need a warrant to search the cell phone of a person who has been arrested, absent an unusual circumstance, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.  —  “Modern cell phones,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote …
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Verizon Confirms It Will Reconnect Data Plans For Chromebook Pixel Owners  —  You've probably been following the news that some owners of the Google Chromebook Pixel who bought a two-year data plan with their devices had been stiffed.  According to a number of complaints …
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Optical Image Stabilization May Be Differentiating Factor for 5.5-Inch iPhone 6 [Updated]  —  Rumors have suggested Apple's next-generation iPhone may include camera improvements in the form of optical image stabilization with modules produced by sensor company InvenSense …
Anna Prior / Wall Street Journal:
Barnes & Noble To Split Retail, Nook Businesses  —  Book Seller Hopes to Complete Separation by First Quarter of Next Year  —  Barnes & Noble Inc. said it would pursue a split of its retail and Nook e-reader businesses into two separate public companies.  —  The bookseller said it plans …
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
Google refreshes Glass hardware with 2GB RAM and a bigger battery; current owners won't get upgraded  —  Google refreshes Glass hardware, but current owners won't get upgraded  —  Small tweaks suggest that a true consumer product is still a ways off  —  Google's plan to sell its Glass headset …
Alex Hern / Guardian:
Facebook opens up Snapchat clone Slingshot to international users  —  Slingshot, an ephemeral messaging app that lets users ‘pay’ for photos with their own in response, is now available worldwide  —  Facebook's Slingshot app is now available in the UK.  —  Facebook's Snapchat clone, Slingshot, is now available outside the US.
Jungah Lee / Bloomberg:
Samsung Electronics Says 2Q Earnings ‘Not That Good’  —  Samsung Electronics Co. (005930), the world's largest smartphone maker, expects its second-quarter earnings to be “not that good,” Chief Financial Officer Lee Sang Hoon said.  —  Lee's comments were confirmed by the company after they were first reported by South Korean media.
Lauren Weber / Wall Street Journal:
Kaplan to Buy Software-Development School Dev Bootcamp  —  Kaplan Buying a Foothold in Rapidly Expanding Field of Code Schools  —  In a sign that coding schools may become bigger players in higher education, Kaplan Inc. plans to announce on Wednesday that it is buying Dev Bootcamp …
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Philips, Infineon, Samsung face EU antitrust fines  —  (Reuters) - EU regulators are poised to fine Philips, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Infineon Technologies AG in the coming weeks for fixing prices of chips used in mobile SIM cards, two people familiar with the case said on Tuesday.
More: Inquirer
Oculus VR:
Oculus to acquire Carbon Design, gaining the product engineering team known for the Xbox 360 controller  —  Oculus Agrees to Acquire Carbon Design Team  —  We're thrilled to announce that we've agreed to acquire the Carbon Design team, one of the premier industrial design and product engineering teams …
Derrick Harris / Gigaom:
Aerospike raises $20M, open sources its in-memory NoSQL database  —  NoSQL database startup Aerospike has raised a $20 million series C round of venture capital and is open sourcing its in-memory key-value store.  NEA led the round, which also included Columbus Nova Technology Partners, Alsop Louie Partners and Regis McKenna.
Matt Brian / Engadget:
EU confirms up to 55% cut in data roaming rates from July 1  —  Europe's next roaming charge cut comes into force on July 1st  —  From July, anyone travelling in any of the EU member countries with their smartphone will enjoy a few less numbers on their bill.
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Ex-Hulu CEO Jason Kilar teases video startup Vessel, raises $75M from Benchmark, Greylock, and Bezos  —  Jason Kilar's New Startup Has a Name, and a Whole Lot of Money  —  Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar still doesn't want to say much about the startup he has been working on since last fall.

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